Al Jazeera

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MottoSetting the news agenda. Every story, every side. The whole picture. Hear the human story
Formation12 November 1996
HeadquartersDoha, Qatar

Al Jazeera is a Doha-based media organisation that was launched in 1996 and has become the most watched satellite television station in the Middle East. Owned by Qatar, the formerly independent channel was assimilated into the commercially-controlled media, with concomitant mass resignation of those who refused to be part of the machine.

Editorial freedom

In December 2010 US embassy cables, released by Wikileaks, contradicted Al Jazeera's claim to be editorially independent, despite being heavily subsidised by the Gulf state.

A spokesman for Al Jazeera said:

"This is the US embassy's assessment, and it is very far from the truth. Despite all the pressure al-Jazeera has been subjected to by regional and international governments, it has never changed its bold editorial policies which remain guided by the principles of a free press."[1]

Banned in Israel

On 5 May 2024, Benjamin Netanyahu’s cabinet unanimously voted to shut down Al Jazeera’s operations in Israel. Earlier the Knesset passed a law allowing the temporary closure of foreign broadcasters considered a threat to national security.[2]

Al Jazeera called claims it was a threat to Israeli national security a "dangerous and ridiculous lie".[3]


Please watch and share OCTOBER 7

Reacting to the ban, Andrew Feinstein posted on X:

"In light of Israel’s decision to ban Al Jazeera I am sharing AJ’s film OCTOBER 7 as a gesture of solidarity, and to encourage others to do so. Please watch and share.[4]

Hamas’s incursion into Israel on 7 October 2023 transformed the politics of the Middle East. Al Jazeera’s Investigative Unit (I-Unit) has carried out a forensic analysis of the events of that day – examining seven hours of footage from CCTV, dashcams, personal phones and headcams of dead Hamas fighters, and drawing up a comprehensive list of those killed.

In OCTOBER 7, the I-Unit reveals widespread human rights abuses by Hamas fighters and others who followed them through the fence from Gaza into Israel.

But the investigation also found that many of the worst stories that came out in the days following the attack were false. This was especially true of atrocities that were used repeatedly by politicians in Israel and the West to justify the ferocity of the bombardment of the Gaza Strip, such as the mass killing of babies and allegations of widespread and systematic rape.

In particular the I-Unit reveals that claims by the Israel Defence Force that it found 8 burned babies at a house in Kibbutz Be’eri were entirely untrue. There were no babies in the house and the 12 civilians inside were killed by Israeli forces when they stormed the house.

This was one of a number of incidents where the police and army appear to have killed Israeli citizens.

OCTOBER 7 is a deep dive into the events that led to the deaths of tens of thousands of people, the significance of which will reverberate for decades.[5]


A Document by Al Jazeera

TitleDocument typePublication dateSubject(s)Description
Document:UN Secretary-General invokes Article 99 on GazaArticle6 December 2023UN
António Guterres
United Nations Secretary-General
Gilad Erdan
International Crisis Group
2023 Gaza−Israel conflict
"Facing a severe risk of collapse of the humanitarian system in Gaza, I urge the UN Security Council to help avert a humanitarian catastrophe and appeal for a humanitarian ceasefire to be declared."


Documents sourced from Al Jazeera

TitleTypeSubject(s)Publication dateAuthor(s)Description
Document:Goldstone: An act of negligenceArticleGaza War (2008–09)
Benjamin Netanyahu
Goldstone Report
Richard Goldstone
Dahiya doctrine
Hannibal Directive
Benny Gantz
Gadi Eiskenot
4 April 2011Noura ErakatDownplay of Israeli aggression towards civilians during the Gaza War, causes scholars to question Richard Goldstone. Regardless of what may have been his best intentions, Goldstone has negligently, one hopes not deliberately, undermined the laws of armed conflict and emboldened those states, like Israel, who believe that it is a surmountable nuisance.
Document:ICJ to decide on emergency measures in Israel-Gaza genocide case this weekArticleIsrael
South Africa
International Court of Justice
Naledi Pandor
Occupied Palestinian Territory
Genocide Convention
24 January 2024Al Jazeera staffSouth Africa’s Foreign Minister Naledi Pandor will travel to The Hague to be present at the International Court of Justice as it rules on the Israeli genocide in Gaza.
Document:Malala and Nabila - Worlds ApartarticleMalala Yousafzai
Double standards
3 November 2013Murtaza HussainA comparison of the treatments by Western Establishments of two young Pakistani women caught up in the 'War on Terror'; One of them treated as a hero, the other ignored.
Document:The UK government is on the wrong side of history… againArticleIsraeli–Palestinian conflict
Priti Patel
25 November 2021Ahmed Abu Artema
Document:UN Secretary-General invokes Article 99 on GazaArticleUN
International Crisis Group
António Guterres
Gilad Erdan
United Nations Secretary-General
2023 Gaza−Israel conflict
6 December 2023Al Jazeera"Facing a severe risk of collapse of the humanitarian system in Gaza, I urge the UN Security Council to help avert a humanitarian catastrophe and appeal for a humanitarian ceasefire to be declared."
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